I didn’t expect was the sheer joy I would have volunteering – and the start of a tradition that continues to this day. We all look forward to seeing our “Circus Friends” every year. The yearly Volunteer Dinner feels like a family reunion. I have made many wonderful friends among the other volunteers who are now a part of my everyday life.
We’ve got some incredible circus acts lined up: Roxane Gilliand on the Swinging Trapeze (without a net!), Yoyo the clown, The Flying Wallendas on the high-wire, The Alanian Riders who will perform acrobatics on, off, and under galloping horses, trained pigs, The St. Louis Arches, and trampoline acrobatics.
The magic of circus should be accessible to ALL! In that spirit of inclusiveness, we created the “Share the Circus” ticket donation program.
“Hospital clowning?! What’s that?” . . . is often the first response when I tell people about my job. So, let me tell you a little bit about our “Clowns on Call” program and our work with our primary partner, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
There's a lot more change happening at Circus Flora: a new site for our Big Top, new office space, and some very exciting new productions on the horizon. Though this is keeping us all very busy, it can also be important to step back once in a while and keep a perspective on why we are doing what we are doing.
Greetings and welcome to our new Circus Flora website. We hope you like what you see here and will visit often to learn about what’s going on with St. Louis’ own world-renowned Circus Flora!
For more than 30 years, Circus Flora, a one-ring circus that makes St. Louis its home, has offered a circus show that’s best described as live theater. It’s an intimate setting that is in stark contrast to the images some people might conjure of the large Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus which performed for the last time 10 months ago.
With each Circus Flora season comes a new theatrical storyline and brand-new performances. This year the show is called The Case of the Missing Bellhop and it features a high-flying trapeze artist, daredevil stunt performers and the St. Louis Arches — a troupe of child acrobats. There will also be mini horses doing tricks, superstar basset hounds and trained pigs performing under this diverse big top.
The Big Top will stay up for six months instead of the usual shorter run of the show. New, closer offices will ease behind-the-scenes work.
In just over three weeks, Circus Flora unveils its brand-new show under the Big Top in Grand Center. Audiences will be immersed in The Case of the Missing Bellhop, an intriguing whodunit with a cast of characters ranging from a determined detective to a troupe of trained pigs.
It’s Circus Flora time earlier than usual. After more than 30 years of kicking off summer for St. Louis, the area's very own circus is moving its season from the heat of June to spring. Circus Flora artistic director Jack Marsh says "The Case of the Missing Bellhop" opens April 19th.
Circus Flora swings into action with new dates, a new permanent location in Grand Center, and a new production, The Case of the Missing Bellhop, a mystery show featuring circus tricks.